This classic Czech novel about the risks and abuse of science by Karel Čapek was first published in 1922. Krakatit deals with the invention of a substance known as krakatit (although perhaps in English this should be more accurately rendered as krakatite)…
From Hašek to Hrabal…, Czech heretics have given satirical heft to the profane digressions of Bohemian boozers. Emil Hakl, a leading figure on Prague’s post-Soviet literary scene, belongs in their ironic company.
Brikcius is quite simply a Renaissance man and every inch the intellectual – in the best sense of the word. The essence of his work is summed up by the writer Viktor Šlajchrt in a foreword: ‘Eugen Brikcius’ most authentic creation continued to be his personality, and by extension the story artfully stylized into a legend.’
Prosaist Petr Šabach became the winner of the 2016 Karel Čapek Prize on 7 January.
In 2015, the literary agency closed 30 translation rights deals with publishers around the world.
In the four years since it was established, the award has helped publish ten translations in five languages.
The catalogue is published every year by the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich.
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